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Insights and knowledge for business. Articles on the future of work, project management, AI, entrepreneurship, leadership, consulting, automation and technology.
November 23, 2020 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

Building Project Management Experience in a Down Market      

How to find opportunity when the job market is unpredictable   

This is a down market. Jobs are hard to come by, competition is fierce, and even while some jobs are opening up again, there are far fewer than before the slump. So how do you keep your focus and build …

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  • November 8, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Are Gig Workers Employees or Contractors?

    our models of employment don’t work like they used to

    In the decades before the gig worker boom, labor law concerned itself almost exclusively with people working either as employees or independent contractors. Those categories define how workers are regulated, taxed, what protections apply to them and the products of …

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  • October 21, 2020 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    14 Questions Consultants Ask to Improve Client Relations

    It’s all about communication

    Consultants work with their clients to provide advice and support. Whether it’s just a short-term project or a consulting engagement lasting over many years, the best consultants know how to add value to the client relationship. They understand that the …

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  • September 22, 2020 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

    Preparing for Project Initiation

    Questions to ask when starting a project

    Because projects address situations not faced before, or strive to deliver results under circumstances not experienced before, there will always be unknowns. Planning can occur in the face of unknowns, but the more you know, the better your plan can …

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  • August 13, 2020 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    13 Strategies Consultants Use to Guide Change

    Change can be difficult. Here are ways to make it happen.   

    One of the challenges of being a consultant is helping your client make needed or desired changes. Consultants can identify the required change, but they don’t have direct control over its implementation. They need to work with their clients as …

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  • July 30, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Retraining the Workforce for Tomorrow’s Jobs

    It's time to build job skills for the future

    We’ve all heard how automation and artificial intelligence are going to replace human beings in the workplace, leave millions unemployed, many jobs entirely in the hands of robots, and fundamentally change the workplace forever. Many people are already aware that …

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  • July 15, 2020 | Insights | Steven Lesser

    On Being a Consultant

    Thoughts on how to become a valued consultant

    Many people have chosen the path of being a consultant. Businesses hire internal or external consultants to help them achieve their goals. But sometimes it’s not clear if being a consultant is “a good thing or a bad thing.” Not …

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  • June 9, 2020 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Why Remote Work is Here to Stay

    We won't all go back to the office once this is over

    COVID-19 has shaken the world to its core. There is no doubt that the world after the pandemic subsides will be markedly different from the world before it. One aspect of our lives that has already changed and will never …

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  • May 21, 2020 | Insights | Amanda Finn

    Embracing Adaptation During Challenging Times

    Flexibility is key in a changing work environment

    From mom and pop shops to major corporations, businesses are dealing with the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis. More than half of Americans are now working from home whereas less than 25 percent worked from home, even occasionally, …

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  • May 13, 2020 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Managing Risk in Your SME

    You’re never too small to be at risk

    Many people think that risk management is only relevant to major organizations with big budgets who run mega-projects or who work in a regulated or safety-critical industry sector. Those of us who own or manage a small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME) might …

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  • May 4, 2020 | Knowledge | Steven Lesser

    Making the Most of Virtual Meetings

    Ideas for making your next online meeting more effective

    The topic of “meetings” is one that usually elicits groans, that then lead to lots of bad, cringe-worthy meeting stories, with rarely good outcomes. As we know, meetings don’t always require physical attendance. The COVID-19 pandemic social distancing has found …

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  • April 16, 2020 | Insights | Amanda Finn

    Creativity in the Workplace and Why it Matters

    This job skill is increasing in importance

    Employees crave challenges. Freelancers crave breadth. Companies crave attention.  In all three scenarios the common, simplest answer, is creativity. Creativity can help workers stay interested and focused on the job. In a 2018 Udemy study 54% of surveyed employees indicated that …

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